About this time last year, I was eagerly awaiting Izzy to be relinquished from the clutches of customs officials at Valparaiso in Chile. A whole one year ago . . . how the time has flown by. Yet I still look at the photos, review overland forums to add my tuppence worth when someone asks something ridiculously banal - like what's the best vehicle or can I take my dog/child/granddad or if American, can I carry my Dad's arsenal with me in case I get into a shootout (checkout any of the fabulous FB forums by the way, Pan-American Travellers Association for example). Surprisingly, I still own my Land Cruiser.
Having took aeons to find a vehicle in the condition and age bracket I needed for my travels, I felt assured that if I could ship to Chile, if I could clear customers, if I could travel around South America without dying or crashing, that if I could then ship across to Central America and then still be alive to cross into North America, and that if customers were nice and everything went . . . IF I could manage all of that, then I could sell my beloved vehicle very quickly. Despite succeeding in all that, I have been staggered that it isn’t the case. And yet, staggered but quite pleased.
The thought of one day travelling back over to America and having a ready-made super-trooper ready for any travels I had in mind get me ridiculously excited. When travelling from London to Sydney in my old Land Rover Defender, it was a very sad day to see the back of Edna – and that broke down every week! Being re-united with Izzy, never giving a moment of trouble, is an exciting prospect indeed. As anyone can tell you, once you’ve been through the thick of it with a vehicle, they do have a tendency to grow on you.
I’d love to hear from others that have bought and kept their overlanding vehicle. Was it the right move? Did you regret selling her at the end? Izzy is still for sale down in Texas, but whilst I still have her I can still dream of getting back in the saddle whenever I eventually make it to the US again, jolting the straight six into life and taking her for one more jaunt.
The blog will be a record of everything - from idea conception to old age in making this adventure happen
You can find the excellent 2006 Antipodean Adventure blog by Dwyer Rooney here